I absolutely love mystery/suspense pieces, and so I was excited to get a chance to check out "Wei or Die". This superb short innovates what storytelling can do with new technology. I was so lucky to get to see it at FilmGate Interactive Conference (more about that below) with director Simon Bouisson essentially DJ'ing the film experience for the audience. This short follows a debouched pledge weekend that is being filmed by nearly every participant with smart phones, cameras, a drone, even a piggy-cam in a party that takes a creepy turn. The viewer has the opportunity to navigate the story through the lens of any available camera they chose throughout the storytelling.
I was most impressed by the storytelling. Simon Bouisson and Oliver Demangel have made a piece that sweeps you away with luscious images and amazing sound design, but leaves you thinking about the darker side of reckless youth.
Looking up their websites has made me deeply blue how little of my high school French has stuck. Whether you speak the language or not check out the trailer for it's amazing visuals. This piece is a marvel, even if all you're fluent in is French kissing. If you want to follow the film, go here.